Imagine a restaurant so committed to the great state of Colorado that it only serves Colorado-produced food. On top of that, its interior design is created from all-Colorado materials, the walls sport local Colorado artists, and the restaurant gives a portion of it's proceeds back to Colorado charities.
That was the model that Danny Shea and Justin Serr dreamed about when they thought about opening their new business. All Colorado, all the time. Think it's too good to be true? Think again. The Colorado Room recently opened on College Avenue in Fort Collins, and it's everything that the owners had in mind.
Shea and Serr grew up in Colorado, and accordingly wanted to create a restaurant that features all the things they love about the state: local food, craft beer and spirits, art, and handcrafted goods. Everything in The Colorado Room— from the ingredients on the menu to the restaurant's décor— was produced in Colorado. The tables and bar are handcrafted locally with recycled beetle kill wood.
The new fast-casual restaurant offers several sandwiches, including a bison banh mi, a chicken chili verde sandwich with guacamole, and a veggie caprese; as well as poutines, wings, and sides like sweet potato fries and tater eclaires.
Executive chef Dave Richter studied at the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking and then spent several years honing his culinary skills at both TAG and TAG Raw Bar.
The beers and breweries on tap at The Colorado Room will constantly rotate, but will always be from Colorado. Currently on tap are beers from Funkwerks, Black Bottle Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, New Belgium, Odell, Left Hand, and Great Divide. The liquor list features several Colorado-made small-batch spirits such as Leopold's, Spring 44, Stranahan's, Mile High Spirits, Downslope, Breckenridge, and Arta tequila sourced from a Colorado company.
A portion of The Colorado Room's sales go to a local charity of choice, and the restaurant often features local artists' work. Find a sampling of that art here.
The Colorado Room has free wifi, four big screen TVs with access to all NFL games, and happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. When they're not covered with snow, customers can enjoy the front and back patios, complete with yard games.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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